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  • The Brrrr continues!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hey everyone!

    I had some hot chocolate on my way in to work this morning, and boy was it good!  I highly recommend some.

    Our big story today is once again the incredibly cold air continues to grip the eastern third of the country from Maine to Florida.    There were many record cold temperatures last night in parts of Florida:

    Crop damage is probable for central and southern Florida thanks to this prolonged cold snap.

    Meanwhile, lake effect snow continues to pile up from the Upper Midwest, across the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast.  Temperatures will once again be 5-25 degrees below average. We could see snow flurries as far south as eastern Oklahoma, Southern Arkansas and Central Mississippi. 

    And more rain and mountain snow for the Pacific Northwest thanks to a system in the Gulf of Alaska.

    Hope you’re all hanging in there despite the ch-chi-chi-chilly temperatures!   Walking to the train this morning I realized I need to find some preggie Long Johns!  :)

    JD

  • Brrrrr!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good Morning everyone!

    I had some company on my way into work this morning- a little burst of snow flurries!  I must admit it was pretty for about a minute, and then I was reminding myself to try to find pregnancy “long johns” online today! :)

    So, it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter out there!  Lake effect snow will continue across all of the lakes with the heaviest of snow falling over parts of Pennsylvania and New York and Northeastern Ohio.   Up to a foot or more will add to the totals from the weekend.    

    A snowstorm is also pounding Maine with up to a foot expected there!   Snow flakes will also fly as far south as Tennessee, North Carolina and North Georgia!  Of course the temperatures are what everyone is talking about.  It’s exceptionally cold across the eastern half of the country with subfreezing temperatures as far south as Central Florida. 

    Freeze advisories are up and crop damage is possible. 

    We’re going to feel these temperatures for the next several days and nights, so stay warm and dress accordingly!

    More rain and snow will also fall across a big chunk of the West.  Up to a foot of new snow for the Sierra range.

    So what did everyone get up to this weekend?  We didn’t make it into see the Rockefeller Christmas tree, but we did go to the New York Botanical Garden where they have the most amazing train display through Christmas.  We took Matthew, and he was in awe of all the “choo choos!”  I think Santa may have to bring him a choo choo set of his own this year!

    I think I may have to go get a hot chocolate before lunch!

    jd

  • Amazing (but scary) tornado pic...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    It’s Friday…TGIF.  I saw this picture the other day, and wanted to share it on the blog.  It’s hard to believe it’s real!

    A huge tornado funnel cloud touches down in Orchard, Iowa, Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 9:04 p.m. The Globe Gazette and Mitchell County Press News reported that Lori Mehmen of Orchard, took the photo from outside her front door. Mehmen said the funnel cloud came near the ground and then went back up into the clouds. Besides tree and crop damage, no human injuries were reported.  Photo courtesy of the AP.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend.  We’re going to check out the Rockefeller Christmas tree and put up our own little Christmas tree tomorrow.  We also live in a very “decorative” neighborhood, so I’m going to have to do a little shopping for some festive outdoor decorations.  I love this time of year.

    Glad to see the a lot of our “gang” on the blog this morning!   Cheers everyone!

    JD

  • Lake Effect snow machine up and running again!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s starting to really feel like winter now here in the Northeast.  Temperatures dropped over 20 degrees from this time yesterday!  Thankfully that horrible storm that brought on more than 20 reports of tornadoes over the South, hurricane force winds and flooding across the Midatlantic and Northeast is now gone.  However,  lake effect snow will be the main story  with the heaviest of snow downwind of Lake Erie and Ontario.  Some areas have seen 2 feet already with an additional 1-2 feet on the way!  Look at these snow totals so far:

    And the wind gusts are just incredible:

    The West is still active with rain and snow for the Northwest.  Over a foot could fall across the mountains. The south has a nice dry day ahead, but cold – parts of the southeast and Florida are going to see temperatures 10-15 degrees below average!  Brrrrrrr!

    And did you catch Jon Scott singing on Happening Now??   I was just doing a report on snow in Buffalo, and he broke into song!  That man is incredibly talented!  Must see TV!

    Talk to y’all soon!

    JD

about this blog

  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.